Tampa Bay Manatee Watch Internship Opportunities (fwd)

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    Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 13:04:28 -0400
    From: "Argo, Emily" <Emily.Argo@fwc.state.fl.us>
    Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion
    Subject: Tampa Bay Manatee Watch Internship Opportunities

    Submitted by Emily Argo
    e-mail: emily.argo@fwc.state.fl.us

    Manatee Internships Available
    In cooperation with the Manatee Awareness Coalition (MAC) and the Tampa Bay
    Estuary Program, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (St.
    Petersburg, Florida) and Tampa BayWatch, Inc. seek 7 interns to work on a
    Tampa Bay manatee program from January - March 2002 and 7 to work June -
    August 2002.

    Tampa Bay Manatee Watch is a potentially precedent setting research study
    and educational program designed to protect manatees and promote stewardship
    of Tampa Bay. Interns participate in three main components:
    1)Manatee/boater interaction research to assess the effectiveness of
    educational efforts,
    2)Boater education on the water aboard a specially designed pontoon boat,
    3)Boater education on shore at area boat ramps, marinas, and festivals

    The research project is a 3-year manatee/boater interaction study. There
    are three 10-week sampling sessions each year (summer, fall, and winter).
    Observers use spotting scopes and binoculars to collect information
    describing boater activity at two study areas in St. Petersburg, Florida.
    Boater education is targeted at actual Bay users. Interns and volunteers
    provide users with free educational boater kits and easy techniques to
    protect manatees and seagrass habitat. They also talk with the community at
    boat ramps, marinas, festivals, and on Tampa Bay aboard a specially designed
    pontoon boats. We are currently accepting applications for the January -
    March 2002 and the June - August 2002 sampling sessions.

    Manatee Watch Research Project Assistants (FWC)
    Five internship positions are available for each 10-week sampling session.
    Junior and senior college students and recent graduates are eligible.
    Interns work approximately 35-40 hours per week (Tuesday -Saturday) and are
    required to commit to the full sampling period, plus training. Interns
    serve as "site captains" at one of five locations and are responsible for
    data collection, entry, and verification, equipment maintenance, and
    volunteer support. Although the manatee/boater interaction study is the
    primary focus, interns will participate in manatee photo-identification and
    other manatee-related programs.

    Manatee Watch Coordinator Assistants (Tampa BayWatch, Inc.)
    Two internship positions are available for each 10-week sampling session
    (longer internships may be available). Interns will assist the Manatee
    Watch Coordinator with all aspects of the program. Interns will work both
    in the field and in the office. Interns work approximately 35-40 hours per
    week and are required to commit to the full sampling period, plus training.
    Interns should expect to work Tuesday -Saturday and some weeknights during
    the sampling session. Interns must be friendly, with an open attitude since
    both positions will speak publicly, recruit volunteers, and interact
    frequently with the public.
    The Education Assistant Intern will primarily assist with the educational
    program. The interns will spend a minimum of three days in a busy office.
    Office tasks include: developing and preparing materials for boater
    education, writing and publishing the community newsletter, scheduling
    training sessions, preparing the volunteer calendars, tracking
    administrative information, and fielding program questions by phone.
    Fieldwork includes (primarily) boater education with occasional research
    project fieldwork.
    The Research Assistant Intern will assist the research program. Fieldwork
    includes providing back up to the line-of-sight surveys and conducting
    community volunteer visits during scheduled field days. In the office, the
    intern will enter boater education information data and track volunteer
    hours for the research project.

    Qualifications: Interns should have some research field experience, be
    computer literate and proficient in the use of Microsoft Access97 or
    Access2000, and be proficient in the use of a 35-mm camera, various filters
    and lenses. Small watercraft and spotting scope experience are desirable,
    but not necessary. In addition, interns must be able to stand for up to
    3-hours in harsh weather conditions (sun/wind/water), able to carry
    approximately 50 lbs. over a sandy terrain, swim, and have a valid driver's
    license. These positions are unpaid, housing is not provided, and interns
    must have or find transportation to FMRI and/or Tampa BayWatch, Inc. While
    these internships are not paid positions, they are excellent resume
    builders. In addition, interns will participate in scientific research and
    other manatee-related projects, meet other marine scientists, and polish
    public speaking and writing skills while participating in an innovative
    environmental education program that may change manatee protection
    strategies state-wide.

    Please send internship application including project interest (Manatee
    Watch), transcripts, resume, cover letter, references, and E-mail address

    Mr. Bill Arnold
    100 8th Ave. SE
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3095

    Additional information about FWC' s manatee programs and internships may be
    found at www.floridamarine.org.

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